Hello beauties, if you are a follower of my blog then you will know how much I like creating makeup looks, so when my mum agreed to let me paint her face I was thrilled!. I have only ever worked on younger skin so I thought it would be a great chance to share some tips and products I found along the way for those with more mature skin.
My mum,although has great skin for her ages, does have fine lines and some wrinkles (sorry mum but that’s aging for you!).
Disclaimer– I am not a dermatologist or skincare professional, any advice given is through research and personal trial and error. This post may contain affiliate links that will earn me commission if bought from. That being said I will always give my honest opinion and would never recommend a product if I wouldn’t use it or buy it myself.
Skincare is important at any age for flawless makeup application but it is ten times more important as you get older, As we get older the skin looses its elasticity. The secret to working with Mature Skin is to have well moisturised base. No product will make your wrinkles or fine lines disappear but applying a good moisturiser and eye cream before makeup application will temporarily plump up the skin and make them less visible. For this I used the Freedom Makeup Pro Studio Moisturiser Cream. I used the Freedom Makeup Pro Studio Radiance Tonic to my mums skin to prep as it’s great for anti aging and has glycolic acid which is great for brightening the skin and making it look more youthful.
When it comes to primer, opt for a product that has ‘blurring’ effects, I used the NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler as it instead of sinking into the fine lines it sits on top, which makes the skin look smoother.
I used a concealer to prime my mums eyes, pulling the brow bone up as I blended it out, this lifted her eyes making it look brighter, more awake and also primed her lids ready for eyeshadow.
Foundation and Concealer
As we get older the skin looks and feels dryer, so it goes without saying that a heavy matte foundation is not the way to go, it will leave the skin looking dull, flat and cakey. Instead opt for a hydrating formula that will give you a healthy, dewy look. I used the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation which has a hydrating serum as one of its key ingredients and has a satin finish. Using a well dampened beauty blender to apply foundations will help create a flawless base.
When using a concealer on the undereye area opt for a illuminating formula such as the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiance Touch , this will brighten the area and make droopy eye lids look more lively. Less is more in concealer application as you don’t want any caking, that just excentuates any fine lines!. If however you need more coverage due to dark circles then use a peach toned colour corrector before applying your concealer, this will cancel out any blue tones.
Its a huge trend in the make up world to ‘bake’ your under eye area, this should be avoided when you have Mature Skin, this will make you look ten times older, drier and really shows off fine lines and wrinkles, it also excentuates dark circles making you look tired and thus older. Instead opt for a light dusting of finely milled translucent powder on a small powder brush. A product I swear by and always use is the RCMA No Colour Powder as it can be used on any skin tone/type, is extremely light and doesn’t give you that horrible white cast/flashback in photographs.
Blush and Highlight
When it comes to blush and highlight less is more. It is a huge trend at the moment to glow to the high heavens and while that looks great on youthful skin it won’t work on more mature skin. Highlight often shows any texture in the area that is applied and this is going to draw attention to any wrinkles or fine lines and make them look ten times worse. Instead opt for a natural cream highlight and apply lightly to the areas that the light naturally hits your face such as cheek bone, brow bone and Cupid’s bow, I like to apply this with my finger so I’m in complete control of the product. I used the Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops.
When choosing a blush, go for a light natural shade, a cream blush would be ideal but if you’re not a fan and prefer powder blushes then opt for one with a shimmer, I used and have been loving the Benefit GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush as it makes the skin look so much more lively and fresh.
When working with the eyes the main goal is to make the area look more awake, as when we get older skin starts to droop and have a tired look about it. Working with lighter eyeshadow colours is the key, dark shades will make the eyes look smaller. When applying eyeshadows, lift the brow bone up to create a upwards shape to your eyeshadow, this will create the appearance of a wider eye area. For this look I used the ColourPop I Think I Love You Palette as it has some gorgeous natural mattes and shimmers.
Avoid putting too much product on the lower lash line, this will make your eyes look smaller. Instead add a small amount of gel pencil to tight line the eyes. My favourite to use is the Rodial Smoky Gel Eye Pen.
As we age our lips loose pigmentation, making them look smaller, the best colours to use are nudes and natural colours. This will add some pigment back into the lips and enhance the natural look of them. Darker colours such as purples and deep reds should be avoided as they make lips look smaller. Avoid using a liquid lipstick as liquid formulas often bleed out into the fine lines of the lips. For a even more youthful lip use a lipstick with some sheen to it as glossing the lips make them look more plump. For this look I used the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Nudes Collection Lipstick in shade ‘love & o-beige’.
I hope you found this post helpful for either yourself, or some tips for someone else, if you have any tips of your own feel free to mention them in the comments below for others to read!.
Thanks for reading,